To learn more about the process for course registration for Winter 2024, be sure to review all of the information below carefully!
Course Bidding is a system for point allocation (much like interview bidding) to determine course registration for the final year of the Global MBA program.
Q: When is it?
A: Nov 2 at 12PM- Nov 6 at 12PM. Do NOT wait until the last minute! Place your bids well before the 12PM deadline on November 6 to ensure that you are able to access the system and enter your bids successfully. Bids cannot be processed after the system has closed.
Q: What steps do I need to take before bidding?
A: Students must clear all financial holds before bidding ends (by November 6 at 10AM). Students who fail to clear financial holds by this deadline will not be able to participate in the bidding process.
Q: How does bidding work?
A: See the resources below to learn more about how to succeed in course bidding:
- Course Bidding Information:
- Course Bidding Drop-In Hours:
Q: What classes can I bid on?
A: Most Ross electives are included in bidding, but not all. Courses not included may be reserved for other student types (e.g., MBA1 students, Part-Time MBA students, etc.), and others may require permission of the instructor. Non-Ross courses will not be available in course bidding – students register for those via the General Registration process.
View a spreadsheet of the specific courses that will be included in bidding here when bidding opens.
Q: Do I have to participate in course bidding?
A. No, however you should be aware that some classes will fill through course bidding; if you opt not to bid, you may miss the opportunity to enroll in a class. If you need to complete a Ross requirement (e.g., Business Law requirement, Strategy 503: Competing in the Global Business Environment), you will want to bid for this class to ensure that you reserve a seat in this course and can graduate on time.
Core Requirements: Avoid the Final Semester Surprise
Don’t get caught with a missing requirement halfway through your last term (e.g., Business Law requirement, Strategy 503: Competing in the Global Business Environment) – make sure that you are aware of your remaining requirements and bid/register for them in advance. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are registering for and completing the appropriate courses and credits. If you have not fulfilled your degree requirements by the end of Winter 2024, you will not graduate.
Q: How do I know which core requirements I have or haven’t completed?
A: Review your “Academic Requirements” on Wolverine Access to see a live degree audit of your record, or schedule a Graduate Degree Audit Check appointment with an academic advisor. Dual degree students will need to schedule an “MBA Dual Degree Advising/Issues” appointment to review their requirements.
General Registration: What Happens After Bidding
Q: What happens after course bidding?
A: After the course bidding process, Ross Registrar’s Office will load all of the results into Wolverine Access (see Bidding Timetable for details), at which point you will be able to see the classes you were awarded and waitlisted. It can take a few days to sort through the results, so don’t worry if you don’t see all of your classes right away. You can then drop/add classes directly on Wolverine Access after your general registration appointment time starts (between November 13-15). If you are interested in registering for any non-Ross courses, this is the method you will use to add those classes.
Q. Do I need to use the backpack feature on Wolverine Access?
A. Maybe. You do not need to backpack the courses you are awarded through our course bidding process. If you are not awarded a class you wish to take, or if you are interested in registering for classes not available in bidding (e.g., non-Ross classes) then you will want to backpack those classes using Wolverine Access. Backpacking opens November 6. Be aware that backpacking does not reserve a seat for you in the class – it is simply a way to put the course in your “shopping cart” so that you can “check-out” quickly. If a class in your backpack does not have room available when your registration time opens, you may have to waitlist yourself, and/or select an alternate open section at that time.
Q: When is my appointment time?
A: The University assigns registration appointment times for graduate students between November 13-15. The times are determined by the credits completed, and then are randomly assigned. You can view your assigned time on Wolverine Access starting November 6.
Q: Do I have to register exactly at my appointment time, and when does my registration close?
A: You do not need to register exactly at your appointment time, but some classes will fill quickly, or seats may be opened to non-Ross students after registration has been open for a week or more, so it is to your advantage to register soon after your appointment time opens. Once your appointment time opens, you can continue to make changes until the drop/add deadlines for Winter 2024.
Q. How do I find out what non-Ross courses are being offered?
A. The Winter 2024 schedule will be posted October 16. You can view the full University schedule (including Ross and non-Ross courses) on Wolverine Access, or via the Office of the Registrar (this site has a .CSV file version that can be downloaded/sorted for specific units, days, times, etc.).
Important Rules and Policies: What You Need to Know
It is each student’s responsibility to review the course registration rules and policies carefully.
Q. I still have questions. Is there someone I can talk to?
A. If you have questions regarding course selection or degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor through our Academic Advising System. You can also visit us during academic advising drop-in hours for quick advising questions.
For quick, general questions relating to registration and other processes, permissions, standard letter requests, etc., please contact our main office at email@example.com.